The Rainbows Lodge is conveniently located for central Reading, especially as it is a 10 minute walk away from the railway station. Another plus is that on-site parking is available free of charge to the rear of the building (although the spaces are a bit awkward to manoeuvre into). Service and check in/check out was very good, efficient and friendly.
I was given an annex next to the main building which lead out onto the main road. I wasn't put off by having an annex as it was quite convenient to be able to literally go straight into your room (which was secure and accessed through 2 locking doors). Also, as this was room appeared to have been converted from a lounge, it was a very good size indeed.
However, the condition of the room was pretty poor. The decor was past it's best, the furniture and sanitary ware in the bathroom was shabby and tired and the beds had definitely seen better days. In addition, during the conversion from lounge to self-contained annex, I think they must have scrimped on or just overlooked the installation of sound-proofing as noise from the other rooms was transmitted loud and clearly (although the road noise from outside was pretty loud anyway which helped drown out the noises of neighbours).
It wouldn't be fair to give this hotel a bad review though as you can't look at the facilities in isolation without considering the very reasonable price paid for the room. To have a hotel in central Reading with free car parking for just £40 per night warrants some drawbacks, and so long as you are prepared to not have high expectations, then the Rainbows Lodge delivers just about enough to keep it a middle of the road hotel!
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- Also Known As:
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